Monday, July 15, 2024

Talking Sports with Dave Mirra

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dave Mirra, a BMX legend, X Games legend, and current Rally Car driver, recently took time to do a Q&A session with The Capital Sports Report at the US RallyCar Championship in Millville, NJ at New Jersey Motorsports Park. His interview is about his sports career and views.

TCSR: who is your biggest role model outside of sports

Rally Car driver Dave Mirra competes in the Rally Car Super Rally Final during X Games 16
Dave Mirra competes in the Rally Car Super Rally Final during X Games 16 (Getty Images)

DM: “So many people inspire me, whether it be actors or athletes. Larry Hamilton inspires me. He’s a warrior. It’s cool to see people rise above and challenge themselves in every which way.”

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TCSR: favorite motto

DM: “I don’t have a favorite. But I have some new ones. When you play it safe, you lose the game. And that also affects your life’s journey. If you let life pass you by, you are going to be a failure. You have to take risks and enjoy the ride.”

TCSR: superstitions before competitions

DM: “More in BMX than I do in Rally Cars. In Rally Cars, I’m still developing. I didn’t bring all the superstitions with me. But in BMX, I have to put my pads on a certain way.”

TCSR: how have sports impacted your life

DM: “It’s made me who I am. It’s been an amazing ride.”

TCSR: the biggest adjustments from riding his BMX bike to driving a Rally Car

DM: “Riding a bike, you always have to think about injuries more than anything. Driving a car is about being precise. Riding a bike, you have to be precise and injury free. I love it! I think it’s a huge challenge for me. I’m driving against some of the best guys in the world. “For me to get to their level is a huge challenge for me. I haven’t had a lot of seat time. I’m gaining and learning at the same time. It’s a cool challenge.”

TCSR: what he likes more: BMX or Rally Cars

DM: “I love them both. I still ride when I have free time.”

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TCSR: competing in the X Games and being one of the faces and names that changed the game

DM: “I think I’ve done my part. Kids that are your age used to watch me growing up. Now, this younger generation is doing things that I’ve never thought were possible. The cool thing about that is I can learn from them. It allows me to strengthen my game, as well.”

TCSR: is there a trick you wish you would have performed at the X Games that you never did

DM: “Well, in BMX, I did the double backflip, which was one of my goals. I did that back in 2000. That was one of the tricks that I told myself that I was going to do no matter what. I don’t have any in my bag right now that I would like to do.”

TCSR: being Travis Pastrana‘s teammate on the Subaru Rally Car team

DM: “I think it’s pretty amazing. I can honestly say that I never thought this was going to happen. And I think it’s pretty awesome to think we came from different sports and now we’re teammates. He’s transcended his sport, while I’ve helped in transcending my sport.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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